Apr 20, 2012

Recommendations of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services

Health and Human Services (HHS) should launch a nationwide public awareness campaign to increase awareness and to promote early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

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On April 16, the Alzheimer's Advisory Council approved a comprehensive set of recommendations that would, if accepted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), complement the current draft of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.

The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.

The current list of recommendations can be seen below

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Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services

Clinical Care Subcommittee Recommendations

Laurel Coleman, Chair
Eric Hall
Helen Matheny
Bruce Finke
Shari Ling
Joan Weiss

Recommendation 1
Health and Human Services (HHS) should launch a nationwide public awareness campaign to increase awareness and to promote early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Recommendation 2
Redesign Medicare coverage and physician reimbursement to encourage diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and to provide care planning to diagnosed individuals and their caregivers.

Recommendation 3
HHS should develop quality indicators for the care and treatment of individuals with Alzheimer’s.

Recommendation 4
HHS should provide grants through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) for medical home pilot projects specifically targeted at improving medical management for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, including management of co-existing medical conditions and coordination with family and community care providers in all settings (in-home care, long-term care, and inpatient hospital care).

Recommendation 5
HHS should form a blue ribbon panel of experts to recommend one or more models of palliative care for people with advanced dementia, including eligibility criteria and financing mechanisms, and provide grants through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to implement and evaluate the models.

Recommendation 6
HHS should create a specific grant round of pilot projects through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to implement and evaluate ways to reduce potentially preventable emergency department visits and hospitalizations for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including emergency department visits and hospitalizations from home, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.

Recommendation 7
Develop a public-private partnership to develop and evaluate ways to improve hospital care and transitions of care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including training approaches and proposed quality measures.

Recommendation 8
Expand funding and incentives for health care providers to become more knowledgeable about dementia and to encourage individuals to pursue careers in geriatric specialties.


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